Official ‘Before Pics’

Before Abs  Happy Friday People!

Yup, that’s my softie lil’ self on the left there. I thought I would dedicate today to taking my ‘official’ before pictures so that I have something to compare my progress to. This has been extremely humbling and is a great first step to my fitness journey. No filter, no flexing, post breakfast, and didn’t work out today. This is probably a raw depiction of what I look like on a day to day basis. I’m not terrible by any means, but the goal is to be chiseled, cut, and bronze of course.

I had plans to work out today, had written everything out for the week, but I deciding sleeping in would be more sufficient. I am embarrassed to admit that I killed a bottle of wine with my husband last night, as well as stuffed my face with Snickers since our Condominium didn’t have any trick-or-treaters. *Le siiiiiigh* One step forward, five steps back. I still have Saturday and Sunday for my cardio and legs day, so I’m not too worried. My head was pounding too hard this morning to even think about picking up heavy things and putting them down repeatedly.

I turned the day around by fulfilling my goal to finally take before pictures! Huge step like I said, but I’m really excited to build on this. This is the true start to my journey, these photos will hold me accountable and remind me where I started and where I want to be. I can’t wait to make those gains and watch my body transform!

I have already sent the pictures to my friend Hilary who is going to compete in Emerald Cup with me. This year she competed in her first competition! August she placed 2nd and continued her journey to finals in Sacramento where she placed 4th in her division. Her transformation has been inspiring, I’m excited to have a partner in this journey!

Before Side ShotThe reason I want to compete is to show myself that I can do anything that I set my mind to. I have wanted to compete for so long, but always told myself, “No, that’s not something you want to do to your body. It’s actually really unhealthy. Your body won’t always look like that, you’ll be depressed.” There are so many things in life that are out of our control, but if we are blessed with a properly functioning body, then we have a gift and we should be constantly trying to better ourselves, improve our health, and stretching the limits to see how far we can go.

That doesn’t necessarily need to be limited to body building or outward fitness and appearance. You can control what you put in your body, how you feel on a day-to-day basis, and your overall mental health. It’s really amazing and something I’m extremely passionate about! I feel like this is just the beginning, there are so many challenges I want to take on!

Before Back_Butt  I look at these pictures and I think to myself, “I’m so thankful that I am healthy.” I see areas where I can improve as well as areas I am proud of. At first I was disheartened when I saw the outcome of these photos, but there’s only room for improvement and I have a thankful mindset now.

Thanks for tuning in guys, hang around and watch me work!

I will definitely be shedding fat and building muscle, these pictures will transform over time!

 ~Jess ♥

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